Operation: wolverine walk
A 1,200-MILE QUEST TO HELP OUR NATION'S VETERANS!
commenced: August 22, 2021
Completed: December 15, 2021
A JOURNEY though the wolverine state
My mission was simple… but not easy. It was to walk the entire length of the Michigan section of the North Country National Scenic Trail!
Michigan is my home state. I grew up in a small rural town in the thumb of the Lower Peninsula. Even when I moved out of it and began traveling to amazing places around the world. I found that Michigan has it’s own unique charm. Although I’ve been to several places around the state. What I did for this trek allowed me to experience it like never before!
My journey began in the Upper Peninsula. Where the North Country Trail meets the border with Wisconsin. This part of trail lead me to some incredible natural places! Including the Porcupine Mountains, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and Tahquamenon Falls, among others!
After I completed the Upper Peninsula, I then headed to Mackinac Island before proceeding on to the Lower Peninsula. I then kept following the trail until I’ve reached the border with Ohio! This part of the trail took me through some more cool places! Such as Manistee National Forest and the city of Grand Rapids! Along the way, in order to showcase my journey, I took photos, recorded vlogs, and created other forms of content that I uploaded to my website and social media accounts.
This definitely was not an easy mission. Not only was it physically demanding, but it was always dangerous. For I’d never taken on a challenge like this before. Some people have told me that I’m crazy, and I’ve been asked why I’ve decided to do this. For that, my answer is simple. Read about it below!
TO SERVE OUR NATION'S VETERANS
American Veterans Archaeological Recovery
American Veterans Archaeological Recovery (AVAR)(formerly Operation Nightingale USA) is a non-profit organization that is on a mission to promote the well-being of disabled Veterans transitioning to civilian life through field archaeology.
This unique approach is referred to as ‘Rehabilitation Archaeology’. Veterans will have the opportunity to work on archaeological dig sites around the world! This will allow them to connect with other Veterans, work towards a mission to protect cultural heritage, and set themselves up for success following the dig. Some of the dig sites that AVAR is looking to take Veterans to are located in countries like Italy, England, and here in the US!
AVAR is also working with other agencies in order to create more opportunities for Veterans to participate in digs. They’ve partnered with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to develop Operation Keeping Faith. This combines the DPAA’s crucial mission of recovering the remains of American service members who’ve been lost overseas, with AVAR’s mission of improving the mental well-being of our Veterans. They’re also coordinating with the National Park Service and the American Battlefield Trust to help shed more light on America’s past.
Click the button below to make your tax-deductible donation today! Your donation will help provide transportation, food, housing, tools, and safety equipment for disabled Veterans and active-duty personnel while they’re engaged in important archaeological fieldwork.
I self-financed the entire cost of this expedition. Meaning that 100% of all donations received went directly towards helping Veterans through this amazing non-profit organization!
TO FACE A new CHALLENGE
My most audacious physical feat!
So who am I? My name is Josh Guerrero; I’m a former US Marine, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Archaeologist, and Adventurer. Throughout my life I’ve sought to challenge and push myself. As well as to be of service to others.
Along the way, I’ve taken on and completed many physical endeavors. I made it through Marine Corps boot camp, ran a marathon, fought in a cage fight, cycled across The Gambia, ran various obstacle course races, and more. Though I’ve never completed a thru-hike of any kind.
To prepare for this expedition, I adopted an interesting training regimen. I spent a lot of time during the day on my feet. Either by working at my standing desk, going for walks, or doing heavy ruck marches. I’ve also incorporated calisthenics, yoga, high intensity interval training (HIIT), and mobility work. My goal was to become a versatile adventure athlete in order to take on the tough journey.
The total distance that I walked was about 1,200 miles!
TO TELL A STORY
And to add value!
Adding value is one of the primary objectives of All-Around Adventure. And it was my hope that I could to do so for my fellow Veterans. Those in the Veteran community are capable of achieving amazing things. And I know this because they already have achieved amazing things.
During this trek, I wanted to demonstrate what Veterans, and human beings in general, are capable of. Life isn’t easy, we will face many obstacles along the way. And I faced many of them throughout my journey in Michigan. I believe that when we commit ourselves and work hard towards our objectives, there’s nothing that we can’t achieve! That was the message that I wanted to convey as I told this story. That we’re far more capable than what many of us might believe.
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